With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness
in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on
to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds;
to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow
and his orphan - to do all which may achieve and cherish a just
and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations
A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this
government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved - I do not expect the
house to fall - but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It
will become all one thing or all the other.
Character is like a tree and reputation is like a shadow, the
shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.
Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.
I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in
me and I didn't have the heart to let him down
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we
shall find the way.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves;
and, under a just God, can not long retain it.
As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a master. This
expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to
the extent of the difference, is no democracy.
Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this
continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to
the proposition that all men are created equal.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to
Always bear in mind, that your own resolution to succeed is
more important than any other thing.
Quarrel not at all. No man resolved to make the most of himself
can spare time for personal contention.
Let us have faith that right makes might, and in that faith,
let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.
It often requires more courage to dare to do right than to fear
to do wrong.
We know nothing of what will happen in the future, but in the
analogy of experience.
I do the very best I know how-the very best I can; and I mean
to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right,
what is said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings
me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference.
There is an important sense in which government is distinctive
from administration. One is perpetual, the other is temporary
and changeable. A man may be loyal to his government and yet oppose
the particular principles and methods of administration.
I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the
unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly
Truth is generally the best vindication against slander.
It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have
very few virtues.
You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading
You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of
the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people
all of the time.
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test
a man's character, give him power.
Force is all-conquering, but its victories are short-lived.
I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they
can be depended upon to meet any national crises. The great point
is to bring them the real facts.
If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; but if this is
tea, please bring me some coffee.
Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise
whenever you can. As a peacemaker the lawyer has superior opportunity
of being a good man. There will still be business enough.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak
out and remove all doubt.
Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the
reason the Lord makes so many of them.
If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours
sharpening my ax.
Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.
Reputation is like fine china once broken it's very hard to
We can complain that rose bushes have thorns, or we can rejoice
that thorn bushes have roses.
To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards
out of men
Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end
you are sure to succeed.
I have never studied the art of paying compliments to women;
but I must say that if all that has been said by orators and poets
since the creation of the world in praise of women were applied
to the women of America, it would not do them justice for their
conduct during this war. I will close by saying, God bless the
women of America!
There are no accidents in my philosophy. Every effect must have
its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present
will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless
chain stretching from the finite to the infinite
Color of Lincoln is
reviewed in the Spring, 2009 issue of the "Lincoln Forum
of Lincoln" by
Bryan Eaton and Lee Rizio with photographs by Bryan Eaton..
does for 19th century photographs what TedTurner -sponsored
colorization did for classic movies : adds vivid tinting to
the fuzzy black- and- white prints of Lincoln's own era. What
emerges is a startlingly new portrayal of the 16th president,
bound to stir emotion and even controversy . Historian James
Cornelius called the result "an excellent example of
an 'a-ha!' moment of invention .. why didn't someone think
of this sooner?"